Made Me Shiver
Yes, February made me shiver. This
winter has been unusually brutal, extremely cold
and snowy with very few breaks. And I can't believe
we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman and Harold Ramis
before their times. Such sad news.
This month I also started going
to physio for knee and arch woes (ouch!). My dad's
furnace broke down and had to be replaced and
my mom was in her third snow-related car accident
(thankfully she's fine but her car was totalled)
within six weeks. So February hasn't been the
best of times, but neither has it been the worst
of times and I wanted to blog about some of the
good things that happened this month before it
gets away from me.
Things like Paddy having Valentine's
Day off which allowed us to spend the day together.
We spent part of it tromping around Oakville in
the snow. Indeed the laneways were such a wintery
white that the town nearly appeared like someplace
Below you can see Oakville's "
Homecoming Trail" looking ever so pretty
in the snow. If you gaze closely enough you'll
see the pier jutting off to the left. Even years
after writing Come
See About Me the location always make me think
of Leah and Liam!
I felt a bit sorry for this reindeer
buried under layers of snow in a Christmas arrangement
outside a local business. Surely with the holiday
long behind us the reindeer should be off duty
by now and allowed to go on its merry way?
Wonderful Canadian author Monica
Kulling (who penned the Mister Dash books
and the Great Ideas series) very kindly
sent me a copy of her beautiful new picture book,
The Tweedles Go Electric this month. Thanks
so much, Monica! The Tweedles have already
garnered a glimmering star from Kirkus
which described the book as, "A fine joke,
well-delivered, and as clever as it is timely."
And here's what I had to say on
"The clever Tweedle family
are bound to attract a slew of young fans with
this infectiously fun and visually fetching tale.
I wanted to jump into the book the way Mary Poppins
and her young charges did with chalk drawings,
and stay there awhile."
Don't you just love the Tweedles'
spiffy green electric automobile? Every time I
look at the cover I like to pretend I'm the woman
on the Penny Farthing bicycle.
I couldn't possibly talk about February
without mentioning the fantastic Blue
Rodeo gig Paddy and I caught at Massey Hall
on the 20th. If you live in the GTA you'll remember
that day as the one we caught unexpected late
afternoon/rush hour snow which turned to evening
rain. But what better way to spend a rainy night
than watching Blue Rodeo play most of the tracks
from their new album, In Our Nature, as
well as old favourites like Rose
Coloured Glasses and 5
Days in May? You can take a look at the entire
We were fortunate to have fourth
row centre tickets and from my seat I had a good
view of one of the security folks singing along
Over Heels (he knew all the words) in the
Below are a handful of concert shots
I took on the night, and to hope that the rest
of the month will be as much fun as the Blue Rodeo
show would be wildly unrealistic, but at least
I have The Tweedles and their world to keep me
company. There's no snow where the Tweedles live,
I've noticed, and no chilly temperatures. No need
for snow tires or outerwear any heavier than a
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